Its the success of these shows that makes Five-0 such a great alternative, its fast paced, funny, has plenty of crash, bang, wallop and it looks great. The idea of making Kono a girl is also a great idea. A guilty pleasure you say? Don't you worry about it. The pilot begins with an interesting premise that offers thorough background information on the origins of the team. I've never seen the original series, so that's why maybe I like it so much, since many who've watched both the original and remake aren't very happy.
Steve McGarrett: You all right? The white actors were all wrong! I had never seen Alex O'Loughlin in anything before this series, and he knocks the ball out of the park with his modern, over the top, somewhat Neanderthal McGarrett, who pushes the law to the limit to win. Other guy is kicked out of police force because they say he took bribes, but he says he didn't then McGarret just let's him back in? John McGarrett: Who are these people, Steve? The new reboot of Hawaii Five-0 is first rate from start to finish. I remember with particular pleasure the the three part series on the Vashon crime family and the attempts of first Harold Gould as the father and then Luther Adler as the grandfather to destroy McGarrett because of the death of the grandson. If you're a fan of the original series, your take on this revamping will probably depend on how much a purist you are. In that respect, the new Hawaii Five 0 has a tough act to follow. Don't get me wrong, James MacArthur's Danny was well acted, but that version of Hawaii Five-O was written about and around one person. Then so is your father.
The way it is now, I won't be watching it. John McGarrett: Give me the phone. The editing is a shambles, it's so crappy in the action sequences. I bet money that one of the story lines down the road is where Danno's ex-wife's husband turns out to be some kind of crime figure and Danno busts him and get's his wife back. A former police officer, Chin Ho's mentor and Steve McGarrett's father.
It sucks because you can see the distance between them, when they are at blows with each other. There are some differences regarding the character's lives, but that's fine, as long as every episode has the spirit that it's had so far. This show feels like the antidote to all those forensic, gritty, supposedly realistic crime dramas out there today. A conspiracy expert and an associate of the H50 team. Hire more qualified people, it's worth it.
Actors: Main 3 are cookie cutter, nearly identical birth years. We don't negotiate with terrorists. . The only thing missing is the persistent over-acting from Jack Lord, but that's a good thing. My brain can't take it! It's on location on beautiful Oahu, with little studio time in it.
I like this series a lot. Steve and Danno's bantering with each other is hilarious. John McGarrett: I love you, son. Respect has to be earned if it's supposed to mean anything and it allows for more, not less, character development later on. Having said that…the series would work better if it had created new characters.
But then again it is not a documentary. My take: I like it because it's fresh. Whoever came up with the crazy idea of trying to make what is basically a conventional cops-and-robbers shoot 'em up blow'em up show special by linking it to one of the classiest shows ever produced should have his membership card in the scriptwriters union revoked. This show is ideal for the holy grail 25 through 45 year old demographic. A member of the Hawaii Five-0 Task Force. Hawaii is an exotic backdrop for any show but the original Hawaii Five-0 introduced it naturally as the action took us from the mansions of Kahala to the slums of King Street and to such places as the campus of the university, Kapiolani Park, the Iolani Palace, the Punchbowl Cemetery, and the hotels of Waikiki.
Love Hawaii, love the scenery but not sure that is enough to keep me interested week in week out. I'm taking my brother now! Some of the dialog resulted in an approving chuckle from me. The finale was awesome and as usual, I loved every minute of it. Excellent action sequences, great gun fights, some entertaining relationships developing between the characters, and you know what? It would be interesting to see Jean Smart, the governor, a bit more, but that might politicize the cases a little too much. Danno is a hothead who is always going over the top. Did they think the nostalgia factor would attract new viewers? Storyline: Definitely an action show, and it's done adequately.
As far the relationship between Steve and Danny goes, and going with the origins theme of the pilot, you're looking at two individuals being thrown together for the first time. McGarret shows up and the governor just gives him carte blanche to do whatever the hell he wants no matter if it is legal or not? Meanwhile, McGarrett refuses to take it easy, even though he is recovering from surgery. Had the producers started fresh with new characters, but kept the spirit of the original formula intact, there would be less tendency to compare the two series; each would stand on its own merits. The actress who plays his daughter is excellent as well and both Danny and Steve play very nicely with Michael Madsen. He hasn't the same charisma. I think this is a great reboot.